Opening Day 4/21/1950

I ran across this ticket stub after going through some of my dad’s stuff he threw in the top dresser drawer and forgot about if for over half a century.  Apparently dad went to a Cubs home opener at Wrigley on 4/21/1950.  On the back he wrote down the score and the Cubs  starting pitcher.

This post will do a data dump look see into this game.

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Looks like the Feds put a 21 cent tax on a $1.25 ticket.  No state or city amusement tax yet back then.  This is the second of only 5 games Cubs played in April 1950.  Aprils can be cold in Chicago and elsewhere.  Since we’re at the beginning of the season rankings, WAA calculation and tiering cannot be done so there’s not much to see in terms of handicapping this game.

GAME 195004210 SLN CHN

TeamID Line Score Runs TB Hits E
AWAY SLN 000000000 0 7 4 0
HOME CHN 00010100 2 7 3 1

Total Bases (TB) provides context to the Hits column.  Although Cubs had one less hit than Cardinals, both teams had equal total bases which could have been a factor in Cubs scoring those two runs.  The clickable web site will allow for navigation into events for this game.

STARTERS 195004210

Rank WAA Name TeamID Tier
XXXXX 0 Harry_Brecheen SLN 0
XXXXX 0 Bob_Rush CHN 0

As my dad wrote on the back of his ticket stub, Bob Rush started this game for the Cubs with the Cardinals starting the veteran Harry Brecheen.  Right now, at the start of the season, there isn’t enough data to evaluate these two pitchers.  Since we’re from the future however let’s look at their careers.

Bob Rush

Year Rank WAA TeamID Pos
1948 XXXXX 0.78 CHN PITCH
1949 XXXXX 0.48 CHN PITCH
1950 +049+ 3.88 CHN PITCH
1951 XXXXX 1.05 CHN PITCH
1952 +015+ 5.9 CHN PITCH
1953 XXXXX -1.32 CHN PITCH
1954 XXXXX 0.84 CHN PITCH
1955 +057+ 2.69 CHN PITCH
1956 +038+ 4.16 CHN PITCH
1957 -025- -2.73 CHN PITCH
1958 +096+ 1.53 ATL PITCH
1959 +055+ 3.42 ATL PITCH
1960 XXXXX -0.76 TOT PITCH
1960 XXXXX -0.13 ATL PITCH
1960 XXXXX -0.61 CHA PITCH
TOTAL X 19.18 PITCH

Pretty decent career with his best year 1952.  The 1950 season will be his career year when that season ends.

Harry Brecheen

Year Rank WAA TeamID Pos
1940 XXXXX 0.32 SLN PITCH
1943 +045+ 3.19 SLN PITCH
1944 +064+ 2.6 SLN PITCH
1945 +040+ 3.59 SLN PITCH
1946 +019+ 5.06 SLN PITCH
1947 +060+ 2.73 SLN PITCH
1948 +005+ 10.29 SLN PITCH
1949 +054+ 3.38 SLN PITCH
1950 +076+ 2.33 SLN PITCH
1951 +070+ 2.58 SLN PITCH
1952 XXXXX 1.07 SLN PITCH
1953 +061+ 2.88 BAL PITCH
TOTAL X 40.02 PITCH

Brecheen had a better career with his best year in 1948.

HITTERS SLN 195004210

Rank WAA Name Pos PA R RBI TB H W
XXXXX 0 Solly_Hemus X 4 0 0 0 0 0
XXXXX 0 Red_Schoendienst 2B-SS 4 0 0 2 1 0
XXXXX 0 Stan_Musial OF-1B-LF-CF-RF 4 0 0 1 0 0
XXXXX 0 Enos_Slaughter OF-RF-LF 4 0 0 1 1 1
XXXXX 0 Joe_Garagiola CR 4 0 0 0 0 1
XXXXX 0 Rocky_Nelson 1B 4 0 0 3 1 0
XXXXX 0 Harry_Walker OF-CF 4 0 0 0 0 0
XXXXX 0 Eddie_Miller SS 3 0 0 0 0 1
XXXXX 0 Harry_Brecheen P 3 0 0 0 0 1
XXXXX 0 Bill_Howerton OF-CF-LF-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL X X X 35 0 0 7 3 4

PITCHERS SLN 195004210

Rank WAA Name Outs PA R ER TB H W SO
XXXXX 0 Harry_Brecheen 24 28 2 2 7 3 2 7
TOTAL X X 24 28 2 2 7 3 2 7

HITTERS CHN 195004210

Rank WAA Name Pos PA R RBI TB H W
XXXXX 0 Wayne_Terwilliger 2B 4 1 0 3 1 0
XXXXX 0 Hal_Jeffcoat OF-RF-LF 3 1 0 3 1 0
XXXXX 0 Preston_Ward 1B 3 0 1 1 1 0
XXXXX 0 Hank_Sauer LF-OF-1B 3 0 1 0 0 0
XXXXX 0 Andy_Pafko OF-CF-RF 3 0 0 0 0 1
XXXXX 0 Bill_Serena 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0
XXXXX 0 Roy_Smalley SS 3 0 0 0 0 1
XXXXX 0 Mickey_Owen CR 3 0 0 0 0 0
XXXXX 0 Bob_Rush X 3 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL X X X 28 2 2 7 3 2

The baseball-handbook.com web site will allow for one click navigation to any of these players.

PITCHERS CHN 195004210

Rank WAA Name Outs PA R ER TB H W SO
XXXXX 0 Bob_Rush 27 35 0 0 7 4 4 5
TOTAL X X 27 35 0 0 7 4 4 5

Update:  There’s a discrepancy in hits given up by Rush (4) and the number of hits SLN made (3).  The game logs show 4 but reading the event data I only see 3.  Box scores are derived from event data.  Stan Musial hit what they call a single bunt after a double where the runner on second got thrown out at third.  I don’t think that’s considered a hit but the scorekeeper might have.    Doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme.

Starters for both teams pitched complete games which was normal back then.  This reduces the importance of relief during this era in baseball.  More on that later.   Here’s how the 1950 season ended for the Cubs and Cardinals.

NL 1950

Tm W L BAT PITCH UR
PHI 91 63 -30.1 119.1 7.8
LAN 89 65 82.9 4.0 22.8
SFN 86 68 -18.1 98.1 9.8
ATL 83 71 27.9 28.2 -13.2
SLN 78 75 -58.1 67.0 13.8
CIN 66 87 -92.1 14.0 2.8
CHN 64 89 -98.6 13.1 -34.2
PIT 57 96 -70.1 -89.1 -17.2

Both teams bottom of the pack which will become a common place for the Cubs to be for the next almost two decades.  We’re sill using the three letter franchise codes.  In 1950 LAN was Brooklyn Dodgers, ATL Boston Braves, and SFN was New York Giants.  Franchise codes are used internally in the database but official names could be used for display purposes.

That’s all for now.  The above is a work in progress presentation of a game data dump.  Spring training new guys post coming soon as I hear they started already.  Until then .,…